Invest in Women. Invest in the World.

Mobilizing more than $1 billion globally

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OPIC 2X Women’s Initiative will mobilize $1 billion in capital to invest in the world’s women and unlock the multi-trillion dollar investment opportunity they represent. OPIC will directly invest $350 million in projects that will support lending to women-owned businesses, female entrepreneurs, as well as women-owned and women-led emerging market private equity funds.

Through gender lens investing, OPIC is focused on providing women in the developing world access to finance, jobs, and services that enhance economic opportunity.

As the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, OPIC supports investment in global development to advance economic prosperity and global stability. Women are key drivers to achieving both.

Why Invest in Women?

Credit gap

Women worldwide face a $320 billion shortfall in access to credit.

The world’s largest emerging market

The female economy represents a market more than twice the size of India and China combined. By 2028, female consumers will control around $15 trillion of global consumer spending.

A multi-trillion dollar opportunity

Closing the gender labor gap could add $28 trillion to global GDP by 2025.

Investing in women pays dividends

When women earn a competitive income, they spend 90 percent of it on their households; food, healthcare and education.


OPIC supports multiple projects to support lending to female entrepreneurs:


$75M million in financing to India’s Yes Bank for lending to local women-owned small and medium businesses.


$49M million in financing to XacBank to support women entrepreneurs in Mongolia. The loan was made under a joint venture under the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility to increase access to capital for up to 100,000 women entrepreneurs.


$225M million to India’s IndusInd Bank to support the expansion of the bank’s micro, small and medium lending programs across India, with at least a quarter of the facility targeting female entrepreneurs and previously unbanked populations.

OPIC’s work supporting the world’s women

Lending to female entrepreneurs
Lending to female entrepreneurs

This factory worker turned entrepreneur transformed her life and built a dressmaking business this the help of a small loan provided through an OPIC partnership with Citi.

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Lending to female entrepreneurs
Expanding access to healthcare

OPIC financing to the Medical Credit Fund helps small health clinics in Sub-Saharan Africa invest in new equipment and expand to serve more patients, including new mothers and young children.

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Lending to female entrepreneurs
Empowering women smallholder farmers

Many of the world’s smallest farmers are women, who often struggle to produce enough food to support their own families. OPIC financing to the One Acre Fund is helping female farmers with access to fertilizer, equipment and training to help increase their yields.

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Lending to female entrepreneurs
Major infrastructure project supports women-owned businesses

The OPIC-supported Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito-Ecuador partners with women-owned businesses from the community to help them gain the skills to serve larger markets.

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